Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Only the Good Diet Young

Why is there an obesity epidemic in the US? Lack of collective will power?

We're a nation that's outwardly obsessed with dieting, but we can't lose weight. And it's not a recent ruse either. Three of the top ten nonfiction books from 25 years ago told us how to lose weight:
    1. The Beverly Hills Diet, Judy Mazel
    3. Richard Simmons' Never-Say-Diet Book, Richard Simmons
    8. Weight Watchers 365-Day Menu Cookbook
We've also seen the Atkins, Hollywood, and South Beach diets — to name just a few.

Surprisingly, not one series immortalized a new TV diet in its title. A lot of characters went on diets, but there's nothing amusing about that. Instead, I looked for interesting ep titles with diet-related words. Enjoy today's short list:
  • Do or Diet (''Gimme a Break!,'' 11/26/1981)
  • Beauty and Obese (''L.A. Law,'' 2/11/1988)
  • To Live and Diet in L.A. (''L.A. Law,'' 1/5/1989)
  • They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They? (''Designing Women,'' 12/11/1989)
  • Fat Boy and Little Man (''Parker Lewis Can't Lose,'' 9/29/1991)
  • A Long, Fat Frontal Presentation (''Civil Wars,'' 12/11/1991)
  • The Fat Boys of Summer (''A League of Their Own,'' 4/17/1993)
  • He's Too Sexy for His Fat (''Family Guy,'' 6/27/2000)
  • I See Dead Fat People (''The Chronicle,'' 2/1/2002)
  • The Fat and the Furious (''King of the Hill,'' 11/10/2002)
  • My Best Friend Is a Big Fat Slut (''Good Girls Don't…,'' 6/4/2004)
  • Weight and See (''Jackie Chan Adventures,'' 6/18/2005)

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